"An awful lot of people are ringing the bell and coming in and saying, 'What is this?' or 'I'm interested in parenting classes,' or 'My mother is moving over here, help me!'" said Amy Rassen, the JFCS' associate executive director.
"The access and visibility makes a big difference in people walking in," she
said.We're right off the freeway, right near bus stops, so we're completely accessible for people to drive or walk.In the other two sites we were in, we were not; you'd have really needed a car to get there."
new digs also have another advantage over the old spot: they're about three times larger, meaning kids can play without any worries of knocking over a cubicle.
"We meet with a CEO or HR person depending on the size of the company, and do a needs assessment of what their employees want and how we can help them, and then implicate the whole program," said Rassen
Recent Peninsula participants in the program have told her
that "it helped them with their parenting skills and also gave them a chance to network with co-workers they haven't even met before.And employers felt it let their employees know that they cared about them." JFCS
staffers also hope there can now be more interaction among different groups helping out with programs.With all the organization's facilities under one roof, seniors can walk downstairs to help in the children's playroom, or volunteers can circulate among the variety of programs now taking place in the building.
"I think one of the wonderful things about all of us being under one roof is there's going to be a lot of cross-referring.